奇幻基地 |  May 2018 |  304 pgs
Source: Library

This is book 5 of the second urban legend series by Ling Jing (笭菁). All her books read as stand-alones and her stories are based on various urban legends added with some imaginations and other elements of her own.

Note: The main characters in this series are different from the first series as the author felt a change for new blood is necessary to offer a new and different perspective. 

Urban Legend origin: Anatoly Moskvin, a Russian philologist, historian and linguist, was arrested in 2011 for exhuming several dead girls bodies (aged between three and fifteen) from local graveyards before mummifying the bodies himself, had them dressed up and posed them around his home. 

Summary: Young girls are being abducted and despite the police searches and investigations, they came up with nothing. It's as if these girls had vanished into thin air. When a member of the urban legend society discovered that the tomb of her late niece was being vandalised, it didn't cross her mind that someone was trying to dig up the body until the members stumbled upon a dark shadow behaving suspiciously around the graveyard one night. Their discovery led them for further investigations, and they soon have a suspect who seemed to fit the bill of the bodies stealer but they couldn't dismiss the thought that things have been going on too smoothly for them. Did they catch the wrong person? 

My thoughts: This was such a horrifying story! And I don't only mean the dead bodies but the thought of someone going all the way of digging and dressing them up and treat them like live persons! Super creepy! That said, the story also added a mystery angle so aside from the horrors, the reader wouldn't know about the perpetrator and his motives until towards the end. I thought I'd guessed the perpetrator correctly but apparently I was in for a good surprise. Once again, the author has portrayed the meticulous and resourceful side of the characters and I've to say I like them more as I follow the series. 

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10 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    I read about Moskovin on All That's Interesting. Ugh, ugh, ugh!

  2. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I just couldn't imagine someone will do something like that. (shudders)

  3. the bookworm Says:

    That's a creepy cover! And the story sounds scary as well.

  4. Lark Says:

    This one does sound creepy and fun. And I do love that cover!

  5. Iliana Says:

    So creepy! This would be perfect for the R.I.P. reading challenge.

  6. Melody Says:

    Naida - Yes, it was a creepy read. In my opinion it's scarier than ghosts.

  7. Melody Says:

    Lark - I love the cover too, despite the creepiness and all the scary stuff.

  8. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I agree it's a perfect fit for R.I.P. Challenge.

  9. This does sound really creepy!

  10. Melody Says:

    Wendy - It sure does, Wendy.

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